I approve of this message. It's nice to see someone trying to bait Northerners into making their voices heard over the bray of the Home Counties. No, it won't be very nice having hundred mile an hour trains whizzing past your back garden; tough. Making the country a smaller, more manageable place, improving services and reducing air travel are all worth paying for. Especially since this is the kind of thing the rest of Europe was doing decades ago.
If you haven't passed on your opinion yet in the High Speed 2 consultation, you can do so here. Go on - take a couple of minutes to change the country.
Incidentally, has anyone seen anything similar on Merseyside?